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Lighting Solutions: 5 Tips to Light Every Room in Your Home Properly

Lighting Solutions: 5 Tips to Light Every Room in Your Home Properly

A very sad truth is that families spend less and less time at home together – each family member has their own hectic daily schedule, which usually ends near dinner time. After spending all that energy on your education, career, sports, and other things, it’s very difficult to commit to having some quality time with family.

A home needs to be a comfort zone for all family members and there are different ways to create that kind of atmosphere. Naturally, there are comfy beds, calming colors, just the right temperature and – of course – proper lighting.

As far as I’m concerned, each room should have a special treatment in accordance with its general purpose. Our concentration levels or – on the other hand – the ability to relax, have a lot to do with lighting, and you should use this fact to your advantage. So, let’s check these following lighting solutions!

1. Bedroom

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    A home should provide a peaceful environment. Being in a place where you rest and recharge your batteries, a bedroom should be a completely stress-free zone. My sincere suggestion is to have your lighting done subtly in this room – warm light sources distributed at the right places will help create a gentle, romantic environment.

    Other than the usual ceiling light, you should definitely get a couple of night table lamps. They are very practical – I’m sure we all have that awful moment when it’s necessary to get out of your comfy bed in order to turn off the main light source after reading before bed. A simple solution and a very cheap luxury, having a lamp right beside you will definitely make you happy.

    2. Living Room

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      The general idea for any living room is to be the center of family entertainment, which is why I believe you should have fun with this room. However, a living room is also a spot where guests are entertained as well, so you should strive towards some kind of balance.

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      This project shouldn’t be expensive at all – you can make it a part of your quality time with the family and bond while embellishing your home through DIY projects. I found wood to be the most grateful and the most beautiful material to work with – wooden chandeliers are a gorgeous addition to a common family space.

      3. Kitchen

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        Another amazing way to bond with your family is eating together at the kitchen. Sitting at the dining table should be a rather pleasant way to spend time enjoying delicious meals. A chandelier is a great solution for proper lighting here, and my suggestion is to go with warm lights and dimmers, so that you can set the atmosphere just right.

        On the other hand, the kitchen aisle, or the part of the kitchen which you use to prepare meals, should be quite the opposite and I found colder lights to improve my focus here. Although you have probably never thought of this or even noticed that it bothers you, changing just one light bulb will make a significant difference.

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        4. Kids’ Room

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          Well, this one depends on how old your kids are, but this room is your only excuse to have fun with lights and I’m sure your kids will love it. Slowly rotating lamps that cast shadows in star shapes, for example, are a really nice touch.

          When it comes to homework time and studying, getting a desk lamp will do. As I already mentioned, colder lights improve my efficiency and focus, but that’s probably a force of habit, so you should try both types of light bulbs to see which one is better in your case.

          5. Bathroom

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            Being a place where all your family members do their basic hygiene routine, as well as shaving, make-up, hairstyling, and so on. This room should be the brightest one of all. My bathroom has the main ceiling light, naturally, but the mirror is surrounded with vanity lamps on both sides. This way, you can turn them on and off when necessary – like when taking a long bath, perhaps.

            Being busy with all other small and big life matters doesn’t leave much room to think about your home lighting or to find ways to improve it, which is exactly why I wanted to draw attention to it. You don’t have to do it all at once – pick a room and see what changes you’d like to introduce considering lighting, and when you’re done or have enough time, move to the next one. I’m absolutely sure you’ll appreciate it.

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            Last Updated on May 22, 2019

            10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

            10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

            There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

            One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

            In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

            Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

            1. Cat Camel Stretch

            Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

            Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

            Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

            Here’s a video to guide you through:

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            2. Go for a Walk or a Run

            This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

            Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

            The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

            Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

            Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

            3. Jumping Jacks

            Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

            Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

            4. Abductor Side Lifts

            Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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            Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

            5. Balancing Table Pose

            This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

            Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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              6. Leg Squats

              Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

              Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

              The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

              7. Push Ups

              You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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              An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

              Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

              This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

              8. Bicycle Crunches

              There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

              Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

              9. Lunges

              Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

              Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

              This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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              10. Bicep Curls

              You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

              Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

              Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

              Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

              Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

              These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

              You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

              Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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